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Abraham Lincoln

Born: February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky
Died: April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C. (at the age of 56)

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Lincoln moved to Illinois with his family as a young boy. He moved to Springfield in 1837 to practice law. His body was laid to rest in ''The Lincoln Tomb'' in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

Biography: Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and known as the 'Great Emancipator'. He is also, perhaps, the only American President who also occupies an honored place in American literature.During his term as President, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his ''Emancipation Proclamation'' in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which passed Congress before Lincoln's death and was ratified by the states later in 1865.His ability to articulate simpley and eloquently played an important role in the progress of American history, especially during the Civil War. Among his greatest speeches are his ''Farewell to Springfield'' and the ''Gettysburg Address''. Before his election as President, Lincoln was a lawyer, a member of the United States House of Representatives. Lincoln was the first United States President to be assassinated. His body was laid to rest in ''The Lincoln Tomb'' in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

  • -- Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

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Selected Titles

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, illustrated
ISBN: 9781439189009 OCLC: 893121232

Threshold Editions, New York : ©2010.

The text of one of the greatest speeches in American history is accompanied by battlefield images from the Civil War era.

Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address
ISBN: 9781631450051 OCLC: 911196911

Weeks of wet weather preceding Lincoln's second inauguration had caused Pennsylvania Avenue to become a sea of mud and standing water. Thousands of spectators stood in thick mud at the Capitol grounds to hear the President. As he stood on the East Portico to take the executive oath, the completed Capitol dome over the President's head was a physical reminder of the resolve of his Administration throughout the years of civil war. Chief Justice Salmon Chase administered the oath of office. In little more than a month, the President would be assassinated--Provided by publisher.

The Gettysburg address /
ISBN: 1557090734 OCLC: 156834486

Applewood Books, Carlisle, Mass. : [2008]

The language of liberty :
ISBN: 9781596980846 OCLC: 251189296

Regnery Pub., Washington, DC : ©2009.

The Language of Liberty offers the definitive one-volume collection of the Sixteenth President's speeches and writings. Unlike so many other collections, in which Lincoln's speeches and writings have been substantially edited, this volume provides a comprehensive selection of the Sixteenth President's most important speeches and writings in their entirety. The volume is conveniently divided both chronologically and thematically into five periods/chapters from 1832-1865. A final chapter offers a compilation of Lincoln's speeches and writings on the theme of religion and politics. Each speech is preceded by an informative head-note, which places Lincoln's words in context for the reader. In addition, each period/chapter includes a concise historical, political, and biographical overview of the major events in Lincoln's life and the life of the nation, thereby providing an even wider context for understanding the Sixteenth President's language of liberty. To assist the reader, crucial terms, dates, events and issues of the Civil War have been defined. Also unique to this volume is the final section on Lincoln's Political Faith, which includes an offering of his public and private utterances on religion, and a definition of this political faith based upon the first principles of the Declaration of Independence. A selected bibliography of secondary sources has been included for further reading on various topics related to the Sixteenth President. Finally, the volume includes an extensive introduction on Lincoln's Prudent Leadership and his application of the natural law to the circumstances of the Civil War Era, Indeed, this introduction provides a crucial understanding of the relationship between Lincoln's political thought and political action, between the world of theory and practice.--book jacket.